The Rev. Chuck Zellermayer


I have been fortunate to call St. Mary’s my church home for the past five years, and the Episcopal Church as the faith tradition that has nurtured me since birth; a fact that comforts me as having been part of a faith tradition that has been so welcoming to many of you.  Over the course of my time at St. Mary’s, I have served in various roles to assist in the Liturgy and have participated in the Advent and Lenten studies, Adult Formation, and wherever else I able to assist.  My experiences at St Mary's, particularly with the prayer and education ministries, have deeply enriched my life in Christ.  

Given how special this church is to me, I am delighted to help in preserving the history and traditions that make St. Mary’s truly unique, while also working to foster its growth. Having worked with several committees at St. Mary’s for a number of years, in 2018 I was elected to serve as the Junior Warden of the Vestry where I serve all of you 

In this capacity I have been very fortunate to work with and advise the exceptional leadership of this church, including the clergy, the vestry and the lay leadership. I continue to serve as an Acolyte, Eucharistic Minister, Intercessor, and Lector for both Sunday services. 

I have been in formation with an order of Franciscan Friars since 2005, where I took my vows of Life Profession.I have held several roles within the Order and am currently blessed with gathering, organizing and sharing prayers requested of our Order, to the Brothers around the world. My ministries within the Order include serving the hungry and homeless, veterans suffering from mental illness, those trapped by human trafficking, and the repatriation of child soldiers in Liberia.

I moved to Wisconsin, from the coast of North Carolina, after completing 22 years of Active Duty in the Marine Corps.   My duties in the Marine Corps afforded me the unique opportunity to visit over 120 countries on 6 of the 7 continents.  My sons remain on the East Coast in the Philadelphia and Jacksonville, NC areas.  They have blessed me with grandchildren that range in age from 2 - 16.  I am engaged to Marilee, and outside of her work as a designer, mother of 3, grandmother of three, Adjunct Professor in the Anthropology Department of Wisconsin Lutheran College, she is engaged in a church that she planted, Branches Church, in Mukwonago.

I currently work for the West Allis/West Milwaukee School District in the Bridges to Learning program where we assist our students in acquiring confidence and skills that maximize their unique potential and make progress towards personal, social and academic goals. I also maintain a full schedule umpiring college and some high school baseball. I also officiate semi-pro and high school football.  Despite the injury that caused my foot surgery, officiating sports is what allows me to decompress.

In my spare time I enjoy hiking, gardening, cooking, and have begun to ride my bike around Mukwonago, weather permitting. I am excited about how the Lord has blessed St Mary's and how He will use us to serve others through this community.